Kwara Assembly resummons SSG over resolutions non-implementation

The Kwara State House of Assembly says it is resolute in its resolutions on illegal Filing Stations in Ilorin Metropolis.

To this end, it has mandated its ad-hoc Committee on Proliferation of illegal Petroleum Stations to invite the Secretary to the State Government Alhaji Isiaka Gold and the Executive Secretary of the State Town Planning and Development Authority to appear before the Ad-hoc Committee and explain why its resolutions in respect of the affected Petrol Stations had not been implemented by the State government and report findings to the House next Tuesday.

The decision to invite the affected Government officials was reached following a Personal Explanation raised by the Chairman of the Committee, Hon Kamaldeen Fagbemi on the level of compliance in respect of the affected Petroleum Stations.

The Speaker Dr Ali Ahmad while speaking on the Personal Explanation assured that the House would take a definite stand on the issue next week, stressing that the House arrived at its resolutions based on experts opinion and due Legislative procedure in the bid to ensure safety of lives and properties.

Hon Fagbemi had while updating the House said the Secretary to the State Government had in its letter to the House said the State Government could not implement the House resolutions in view of its attendant Political and Socio-economic implications.

Meanwhile, the State Pension Reform Bill passed through second reading at the floor of the House and the Speaker directed its joint Committees on Establishment and Training as well as Ethics, Privileges and Judiciary to conduct an all inclusive Public hearing on the Contributory Pension Scheme Bill to ensure that all Stakeholders inputs were reflected in the bill.

Most Members had while speaking on the general principles of the bill, insisted among other things that the bill should not be passed into law as the bill according to them reduce retirement age from 60 to 50 years and queried how the State Government would be able to raise N400m monthly to meet with the new pension scheme, in view of the current economic recession bedevilling the nation.

Some members who spoke in support of the bill said its passage into law would enable the State to conform with international standards in pension administration.

The Speaker while reacting to members' contributions allayed the fear of Civil Servants that the bill will not be passed until all the necessary inputs of Stakeholders are considered